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Legal sports betting in Delaware became a fact in June 2018, making them one of the first states in the US. Actually, they made the legalization happen just before New Jersey. After the court decided in the New Jersey case that the federal rule of sports betting prohibition was no longer standing, Delaware moved quickly. So quickly in fact, that they put into place regulation ahead of New Jersey!


Supreme court case

How did the result of the Supreme court case affect sports betting? Essentially, the power of regulating sports betting was given back to states. This made them free to decide if they want to regulate sports betting at all, and if they do, what types of rules should be applied and how to tax it.

Delaware pre-PASPA

Delaware was one of the few states that allowed sports betting to a small extent before the PASPA case. How did they do that, you wonder? It was through the state lottery. The federal government permitted them to offer expanded forms of betting, including on sports. Because they already had some connection with a legal form of sports betting, welcoming full legalization and its consequences was fairly simple. Or so does Vernon Kirk explain it, the director of the state lottery in Delaware. When asked how they handled the new legal situation after PASPA, he replied that all was needed to refresh existing technology for sports bets and re-train employees to be up to date with the new workings of things.

Casinos in Delaware

Delaware has 3 major casinos, which were, of course, the first to benefit from the legalization. The Delaware Park Casino, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway and Casino. The Delaware state lottery has a contract with Scientific Games. They’ve worked together since 2009 and Scientific Games provides and handles the technology that comes with managing a state lottery. They’ve had an important role in growing the lottery to the size it is right now. In a matter of years, the revenue has increased from $10 million to a staggering $46 million. Scientific Games is partnered with William Hill for the part that concerns sports wagering. That company was founded in the UK in 1934, which gives them an insane amount of experience when it comes to sports betting. It’s one of the oldest betting ventures worldwide and still dominates today.

Future of sports betting

So what does the future of sports betting in Delaware look like? The state doesn’t exactly offer a lot of casinos or venues, no more than 3 major ones. When you compare sports betting in Delaware to for example Pennsylvania and Virginia, it’s not big. But of course, that’s relative, because Delaware is a much smaller state. When we look at Delaware just how it affects them as a state, they were smart to regulate sports betting so immensely quick after the case was decided. The industry has shown growth and this new opening will surely bring about opportunities for people. In the bigger picture of sports betting in the United States, Delaware might not be major. However, one state more to regulate sports betting definitely matters for the whole!

Mississippi was one of the few states that were quick to act when the Supreme Court decided in Murphy v. NCAA that it was unlawful to impose a sports betting prohibition on states. The essence of the case was that regulating sports betting was now up to each state individually.

Online sports betting

Mississippi removed a clause from the Mississippi Gaming Control Act when it became clear that the state prohibition was no longer standing. Thus far, only in-person betting on sports is allowed, there is no regulation yet on mobile sports betting. Ever since Mississippi changed their laws, there are now 10 casinos that offer sports betting in the state.

Mississippi sports betting history

Mississippi is actually one of the few states that have quite a history when it comes to gambling. They’ve had a reputation and a culture of being more accepting to several forms of gambling. It goes back to the simplest of card games when the early settlers came to America. Other than that, there were horse races and other sports that people would wager on. Taking into consideration their geographic location along the Mississippi River, they happen to be in an excellent spot to develop as a hub for entertainment, from music to food, sports, and gambling. Many of the casinos have been around for ages, all of which were frequented by famous singers like Elvis.

Gambling control act

With any hub, whether that’s for music or entertainment or gambling, at some stage you need to have some formal regulation in place. For a long time, all these matters went unregulated in Mississippi but that changed in 1990 when Mississippi finalized the Gambling control act. It, in particular, opened the way for Mississippi to come up with so-called riverboat casinos, which have become quite the attraction. Gambling has proven to be quite an area of development in Mississippi and it thrived until Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many of the coastal properties were severely damaged and thus a new law prohibited owners from rebuilding casinos in the same spot. To prevent any future casualties, casinos in Mississippi now have to be onshore.

Sports betting timeline

The developments when it comes to sports betting regulation happened as follows.

2014

In preparation of the possible legalization of sports betting, Mississippi started its research a few years ahead of time. In a study focused on fact-finding, they researched existing gambling laws in other sports in order to anticipate the possible effects of regulation and the best ways to regulate it.

2017

In 2017, Mississippi created a law to officially legalize daily fantasy sports. Prior that, there was no such thing. They legalized it by subtly modifying an existing law. There was a provision that explicitly mentioned sports betting to be prohibited by referring to wagering on athletic events. They removed that part, thereby also indirectly allowing sports betting.

2018

This is when sports betting became officially legalized on a federal level, therefore opening the way entirely. Because Mississippi had already anticipated the change, they didn’t need much time to come forward with the new regulation. It took a 30 day review period for the regulations to officially be running.